At 22 years old, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Sjögren’s Syndrome. With no high-speed internet or support groups, I had to figure out what was happening to my body on my own. I felt lonely and embarrassed to be limping like an old lady; no one else my age had to suffer such intense pain. More about my Autoimmune Story.
YOU don't have to feel lonely and isolated. I understand your pain and struggles. That's why I created the Arthritis Dietitian.
I guide adults with Sjögren's Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and other rheumatic inflammatory conditions struggling with chronic pain and fatigue to recognize their unique dietary and environment inflammatory triggers, renovate their bodies with an anti-inflammatory way of eating and mindfully refocus towards a more positive mindset despite their chronic illness. I practice a plant-based and no-shame nutritional approach, which also includes talking about cannabis.
Don't let the diet culture take over your sanity. I can help you take small steps to rejuvenate your body, minimize nutritional deficiencies, optimize the efficacy of treatments, save money with low-budget anti-inflammatory meals, avoid purchasing unnecessary supplements, manage the side effects of medications and rheumatic conditions, as well as to reduce inflammation.
Who is the Arthritis Dietitian?
I am Cristina Montoya, a Colombian mama living in the land of maple syrup, beavers and Hockey, Canada. I am a graduate of the Nutrition and Dietetics program from the University of Antioquia, Colombia; a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a member of good standing with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, and the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA). I am also a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner graduate from the Holistic Cannabis Academy. As a patient advocate, I participate in the Durham Region Sjögren's Syndrome Support Group from the Sjögren's Society of Canada as well as the Online Consumer Panel from the Arthritis Society.
I created the Arthritis Dietitian Blog to connect with other autoimmune arthritis warriors while helping them adopt a holistic anti-inflammatory way of living to reduce inflammation, pain and fatigue.
I am passionate about autoimmune rheumatic diseases, medical cannabis science, digestive health, Mediterranean diet, Anti-inflammatory Way of living, heritage foods, home cooking, gluten-free baking, and living one day at a time.